After One Skewer Delta Departs, One Skewer Rok Takes Wing!

by Simon
(SW France )

I was very proud of my 1-Skewer Delta kite. It had its maiden flight in Ruskin Park in South London, but the fun was cut short as I managed to stab my leg with a pair of scissors. I was helped by the tape in my kite bag; this managed to staunch the flow before the local bull terriers got too interested.

I stowed the Delta in my hand luggage on my return to France and it was performing well in the light variable winds of late August. Then, calamity, I should have noticed that the wind was rising and on my return from the fridge with a cooling beverage, the Delta was nowhere to be seen. There was just a forlorn length of button thread with a clean break. I have now upgraded the strength of my flying line.

However, the next step was the 1-Skewer Rok. This one is still flying despite my ham fisted construction. Looks great as it shoots up in a gust of wind, trailing an extra long tail.

Happy Flying.

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1-Skewer kites
by: Tim Parish

Good to see someone writing up their flying experiences with kites from the 1-Skewer Series for a change...

Never mind about the video upload (only photos here, as you discovered). I'll just shift this contribution to the 'Kite Loss' section! :-)

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1-5 km/h
1-3 mph
1-3 knots
Beaufort 1

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4–7 mph
4–6 knots
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8–12 mph
7–10 knots
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13–18 mph
11–16 knots
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19–24 mph
17–21 knots
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25–31 mph
22–27 knots
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32-38 mph
28-33 knots
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